Friday, 10 August 2012

Windows Server 2012 Remote Access: The New Microsoft Edge Server


Windows Server 2012 combines the DirectAccess feature and the RRAS role service into a new unified server role. This new Remote Access server role allows for centralized administration, configuration, and monitoring of both DirectAccess and VPN-based remote access services. Additionally, Windows Server 2012 DirectAccess provides multiple updates and improvements to address deployment blockers and provide simplified management. So, we can welcome a new Microsoft Edge server to the party, alongside the likes of Forefront TMG and Forefront UAG. Given the name of my blog, this continues the ‘Edge’ theme nicely!

It appears the term Unified Remote Access (URA) has also been defined to describe this new offering. Microsoft obviously appear to like three letter acronyms beginning with ‘U’ Smile 

More information on the changes can be found in the pre-release documentation available here. Given the recent announcement of the RTM status for Windows Server 2012, I would expect TechNet to be updated shortly with updated documentation to replace the pre-release version currently available. I’ve got a suspicion it will have also been written by a few friends I have made along the Forefront journey over the last few years…

With the advent of this new role, I plan to spend some time talking about the new features, changes and benefits it will bring for both DirectAccess and more traditional VPN services. Given my background with Forefront UAG DirectAccess and previous blog posts, this will be an area of particular focus. For example, I have already provided a blog post comparing the new DirectAccess feature-set to existing versions of the DirectAccess technology timeline, which can be found here.

I think Windows Server 2012 will be a great release, especially when looking for a feature-rich Remote Access solution…


  1. Will this allow me to publish OWA ?

    What should i be using now TMG is dead.

  2. UAG but that is probably dead too.